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Thursday, January 9, 2020

In Context: Medea

Photo: Caitlin Cronenberg
In visionary writer-director Simon Stone’s powerful contemporary rewrite, Euripides’ controversial icon is reborn. Transposing the devastation of Greek tragedy to a modern American home with a husband and wife in the tumultuous throes of an unraveling marriage, Stone’s stripped-bare staging throws the couple’s every raw emotion into stark relief, from jealousy to passion, humor to despair.

After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media! (Use #Medea and tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.)

Program Notes

Medea (PDF)


Simon Stone Faced the Unthinkable. He Thinks You Should Too (The New York Times)
On Stone and the resurgence of myth: “Instead of alienating audiences, he wants to bring them closer, reminding them of the archetypes that persist even in their own lives.”

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale on Their Life, Their Love, and Doing Medea Together (Vanity Fair)
“We’ve never done anything like this.” The stars of Medea opened up about their choice to take on Stone’s rewrite.

Medea Reading List (Greenlight Bookstore)
Our friends at Greenlight Bookstore curated this reading list on patriarchy, women’s anger, and revenge, featuring works that span the classical era to the present.


Simon Stone on Revisiting the Myth of Medea (YouTube)
Stone’s understanding of the original myth changed upon closer examination.

Rose Byrne on Portraying a Modern Medea (YouTube)
Byrne discusses her title role.

Bobby Cannavale on How Medea Resonates Today (YouTube)
Cannavale discusses his approach.

Now your turn...

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  3. This show was outstanding. Rose Byrne is amazing; captivating, sympathetic, maddening, and leaves you heartbroken. The staging was unexpected but worked so well for the production, in leaving the story to the cast and the story itself, and not getting caught up in excessive props, music, etc. The Rose Byrne's character draws you in and then breaks your heart.

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